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Death Sworn

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid fantasy whodunit has lots of intrigue and magic.

Book Leah Cypess Fantasy 2014
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DEATH SWORN is the third novel from Leah Cypess, and she's hit her stride here. She successfully creates a tense, oppressive atmosphere in the assassins' caves; the characters are well developed and believable; the mystery is intriguing and the solution takes almost as many twists and turns as the winding underground fortress itself. The ending is satisfying but leaves the door open for a sequel.

The writing never really soars, but it's solid, and kids who like mystery, intrigue, and magic will enjoy rooting for the heroine Ileni as she tries to solve the case -- and stay alive.

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